Miscellaneous useful web-sites
- National Association for Early Music - parent organisation for the Early Music Forums. Useful links page (societies, festivals, courses, performers, etc)
- The Early Music Pioneers Archive (TEMPAR) is a blog which explores the lives, work and influence of important but largely forgotten pioneering figures of the early music revival movement, using research, documentation, video interviews, and recording clips. You can ad your comments and recollections.
- Cecilia is an on-line guide to music collections in archives, libraries and museums in the UK and Ireland. Put in your town or postcode and you can find your nearest collections of Bach or whatever. Searchable by composer, date, institution, tradition, etc; covers many kinds of music, Western and non-Western. Excellent resource if you're looking for something specific.
- The Silvis Woodshed is intended to help singers learn their pieces. Midi files of quite a few pieces. Links to possibly-useful tools near the end of the page.
- Music Workshop Guide lists adult amateur music workshops and summer schools across the world, with an early music and recorder section. Organised by category, by date or by country: everything you need to plan your holiday?
- Music Teachers UK - Many useful resources for music teachers and some for the rest of us, including a free online journal whose well-informed CD reviews include occasional early music, also downloadable manuscript paper templates in 9 - 9! - formats
- Links to many kinds of software for score writing, unfortunately now
- Early Music magazine, with archives, soundclips, etc
- Early Music Network - "OUR GOAL is to connect all early music Web Sites around the world and become a primary resource for early music on the Net."
- David Kettlewell's New Renaissance site contains all sorts of material, including a practical guide to renaissance harmony and how to improvise, lots of pictures of harps, and loads of other stuff. You need enough time to fossick around in this site, seeing what might interest you (How to draw in medieval style? How to make sense of life's puzzles? and so on)
- Here of a Sunday Morning (HOASM) is the website for a US early music program that goes out on Sunday mornings; this companion website is the reference section for the program, featuring excellent historical summaries of musical developments over many periods, extremely well organised. You can listen to the current program and some of the earlier programs on-line.
Online early music 'radio' programs
If you point your browser at these locations, you will get an audio stream: just like normal radio but coming over the web.
- EarlyMusic.net Radio: featuring early music "The best of the best, music composed before 1800 (Baroque, Renaissance, Classical, etc.) by the masters such as Bach, Handel, Vivaldi, Monteverdi, Charpentier, Purcell, Pergolesi" - get the audio straight from your PC/Mac, who needs to leave their desk ever again? However, I don't seem to have much success; a few seconds of something lovely and then the advertiser kicks in from Live365. Puzzling.
- AncientFM is a commercial-free internet radio presenting medieval and renaissance (not baroque) performances, uninterrupted by any talking. Point your browser at this site, click on WinAmp or iTunes, and it should start playing. Click on playlist to see what's actually playing. At the time of writing I'm listening to the York Waits, hurrah.